Admissions & Outreach

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to UCSB!

UC Santa Barbara attracts top graduate students and faculty from around the world to actively engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative research through 50 graduate programs and 100 interdisciplinary research institutes. You have been chosen from a highly competitive applicant pool to contribute to the research and teaching that is central to UC Santa Barbara's graduate community.

Now that you have been admitted, the following information will guide you on how to accept our offer, contact your department, get situated in Santa Barbara, and begin your graduate career.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your department or the Graduate Division. We are happy to assist you.

Step 1: Tell Us Your Decision

Statement of Intent to Register

To officially accept or decline our offer of admission, you must submit the online Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), located within your online application. Please submit the SIR as soon as possible - we are eager to hear from you!

If you have received a funding offer: In accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) resolution on financial support offers, we must be in receipt of your acceptance of your funding offer no later than April 15. Be sure to follow the instructions in the funding ​letter you received to formally accept the offer. In addition, you must also officially accept your offer of admission by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) via the graduate application system​ prior to June 15.

Step 2: Submit Required Documents

Send Final/Official Transcripts

To finalize your admission you must send final/official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended, at which you completed one or more full academic terms (or equivalent), including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. Unofficial transcripts, including those uploaded to your application, do not take the place of official documents under any circumstance. Final/official transcripts must be received before the first day of instruction of the quarter to which you are admitted. If you feel you will not meet this deadline please email gradadmissions@graddiv.ucsb.edu to request an extension. 

Official transcripts must be sent to the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division directly from the institution. If sending paper documents by mail, official transcripts must be sent to the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division directly from the school in the institution's sealed envelope, with all official seals and stamps intact. If sending electronic ​documents, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution's approved official transcript or document delivery service to transcripts@graddiv.ucsb.edu.

UCSB Graduate Division mailing address:

UCSB Graduate Division
Attn: Graduate Admissions
3117 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2070

Official transcripts must show:

  • All courses taken
  • Credits or hours
  • Grades or marks in each course
  • Rank or class level, if given
  • Institutional grading scale, including maximum and failing grades
  • Type of degree awarded or in progress (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science), and the date of the award if the program is complete

Please note that transcripts are not considered final until all degrees reported have been finalized and conferred. Records submitted to UCSB will not be copied, returned, or sent to another institution.

The deadline to submit any documents still needed by the Graduate Division in order to clear your provisional admissions status is the first day of instruction during your first quarter at UCSB.  As documents are received, the notes in your decision letter will be updated to reflect any items that are still pending. Once all required documents and materials have been received and processed, your admissions status will be updated to "Unconditional."

Records from international institutions: ​International students should review all information ​here and on the Admitted International Students web page to ensure proper compliance. Students who have completed (or will complete before matriculating at UCSB) degrees at institutions outside of the United States may be required to submit official degree certificates, diplomas, or other documents in addition to official transcripts. All documents must be sent in the native language along with authorized, complete, and exact, literal English translations by the school or an official agency. All ​documents and translations must be received in envelopes sealed and stamped by the school​. Unofficial copies made by the applicant or UC faculty and staff are unacceptable.

Records from Chinese Universities: Applicants submitting transcripts and degree certificates from Chinese Universities are required to arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the UCSB Graduate Division by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party​ and must include all transcripts and degree certificates in the native language along with complete and exact, literal English translations.

China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
Verification Division
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
Tel: 86-10-82379480
Fax: 86-10-82378718
Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
Website (Chinese): www.chinadegrees.cn
Website (English): www.chinadegrees.cn/en

Step 3: Complete Steps to Enrollment

Submit Statement of Legal Residence

Next, you will need to submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). Please allow 5-10 business days after you submit your SIR before proceeding with this form. If you attempt to log-on to this form and receive the “NO VALID QUARTER FOUND” message, your admission/readmission information has not yet been fully processed. Please try to log-on again at a later date. Your PIN for the SLR is the last four digits of your social security number. If you did not provide an SSN in your online application, your PIN is “0000”. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at Residency@sa.ucsb.edu or 805-893-3033.

Obtain a UCSB Net ID and Umail

Next, you will need to obtain a UCSB Net ID and activate your UCSB university email account (umail). Please allow 5-10 business days after you submit your SIR before proceeding with this setup. Your UCSB Net ID will be used to access most student systems including the course registration system, housing preferences site, and the billing office to view and pay your fees and tuition. Please visit the UCSB Identity Manager and select "I am…A New or Current Student with a Perm Number." Follow the steps to set-up your UCSB Net ID. Your umail account will be yourUCSBNetID@umail.ucsb.edu. You can access your umail account here: http://www.umail.ucsb.edu/.

Apply for Graduate Student Housing

UCSB offers a variety of housing options for incoming graduate students, including the new San Clemente Villages single-student housing. For more information or to apply for housing online, please visit the Housing and Residential Services Online Application.

Update Your Address

Please update your Address information in the Application Sections tab of your eApp to ensure that any materials mailed by campus or departmental offices reach you.

Submit your immunization information by Sept. 1:

All incoming students are required to receive certain vaccinations and tuberculosis screening. Failure to comply may result in a registration hold. We strongly urge you to have all your immunizations up-to-date before you arrive at UCSB.

Complete this requirement by following the instructions on the Student Health website. You will need to enter your dates of the required immunizations and tuberculosis screening as well as upload your immunization records.  

Review and agree to UC requirements for health insurance coverage by Sept. 1:
All registered UC students are required to have medical health insurance that meets minimum coverage limits. It is a condition of enrollment AND a non-academic requirement of registration. Please log on to Student Health Gateway Portal and follow the “Forms” menu to comply with this requirement.

UCSB students are automatically enrolled in Gaucho Health Insurance (the UCSB student health insurance plan) which includes vision and dental coverage, and access to most Student Health services with no additional charges. The insurance premium is automatically included in your quarterly BARC bill. For information about this comprehensive plan, visit http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/gaucho-health-insurance.

If you have adequate private insurance and do not wish to enroll in GHI, you may submit a request for a waiver. You will need to have your insurance plan information available. Waiver requests may be submitted beginning early April. The waiver deadline is September 1. Once a waiver request has been approved, it remains in effect until the beginning of the next academic year.

Students with approved waivers may purchase pre-paid access to most Student Health services through the GAUCHO ACCESS PLAN (GAP). Students who waive with insurance plans exclusive to any county outside of Santa Barbara will be REQUIRED to be enrolled in GAP. More information about GAP is available at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/gaucho-health-insurance/waiving-unwaiving-ghi/gaucho-access-plan-(gap).

International Students

For information on mandatory requirements for newly admitted international students, please visit the International Applicants information page and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Step 4: Connect With UCSB

Contact Your Department

Your department can provide you with complete information about your graduate program. Department faculty and staff are eager to hear from you and welcome questions. We recommend that you contact the Graduate Program Assistant for your department and ask to be put in touch with faculty and current graduate students in your specific area of interest.

New Student Page

Visit our New Students Page for information about housing, transportation, campus orientations, the local area, frequently asked questions, and more.

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

Get connected to the Graduate Student Resource Center, where you can find resources and information on ​many aspects of graduate student life. The GSRC also houses graduate peer advisors who are available to speak with you about issues related to funding and finances, writing and editing, professional development, and more. For a list of the current graduate peer advisors and their office hours, click here.

UCSB GradPost

Subscribe to the UCSB GradPost, which is the go-to website for news about graduate student life at UCSB, including information about events and workshops, graduate students profiles, and tools for academic success. To receive regular updates, sign up for the GradPost e-mail digest or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 5: Begin Your Graduate Career

Registration

The Office of the Registrar will send you an email shortly after you submit your SIR. This email contains important enrollment information and a link to the Registrar’s Welcome New Students web page. Please read the Welcome New Students information carefully as it is your source for registration instructions.

If you do not receive this email by late June, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registration@sa.ucsb.edu or 805-893-3592.

New Graduate Student Orientations and Welcome Receptions

New graduate students will have multiple opportunities to meet fellow graduate students, staff, and learn about the university and its resources. For more information on the various orientations for graduate students, visit the Graduate Division's New Students Page.

Additionally, you will receive information ​from the Graduate ​Division about a number of welcome receptions for incoming graduate students. Be sure to check your email regularly for updates.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact your academic department or the Graduate Division with any inquiries. We are happy to help.

For regular news, updates, and announcements you can also follow ​the UCSB Graduate Division on Facebook and Instagram.